International and Offshore


"excellent as a whole, and indeed pre-eminent in offshore work, with a large number of highly competent counsel"
The Legal 500

International and Offshore

Chambers has a strong reputation for litigation and work in offshore jurisdictions, including a number of international financial centres.  Our members are instructed in cases arising in (amongst others) Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Middle East, Panama, Russia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Singapore, and the United States of America.

This work is wide-ranging covering contentious and non-contentious trusts and probate work, complex commercial litigation, international fraud and asset tracing, insolvency and financial services litigation. 

Our clients include leading offshore and UK based law firms. Chambers also hosts conferences in the UK, the Cayman Islands and Jersey. 

Serle Court has always been known for its international presence in the fields of Commercial Chancery law. Our barristers are described as “very au fait with offshore work; they understand the nuances which are required in these cases.” Chambers UK Bar Guide has long ranked chambers in Band 1 for its offshore expertise, acknowledging that “members of Serle Court are very experienced in working closely with lawyers from different jurisdictions.” “They can adopt a handson approach to foreign litigation, either on the ground or from London, as the case requires.” Members will happily travel abroad when required and a large number of them have been called to the bar in foreign jurisdictions.

In relation to our expertise in the Middle East, chambers is ranked in the Legal 500 EMEA: United Arab Emirates: The English Bar: Commercial:

Known primarily for heavyweight Chancery litigation in London, Serle Court handles similar matters in the DIFC courts. Rupert Reed QC is well-connected in Saudi Arabia: he represented Abdul Latif Jameel Transportation, a Saudi company, in successfully resisting an application for an anti-suit injunction brought by FedEx, concerning an arbitration over FedEx’s termination of its contract with the Saudi company in the wake of the FedEx-TNT merger.

Also recommended in Chambers Global Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery: UK

Based in London, respected barrister Rupert Reed QC is noted as very active in the region and is commended not least for his knowledge of Arabic. He advocates in a broad range of commercial disputes in the DIFC Courts and also acts in arbitration, representing clients from sectors such as banking and real estate.

Members have advised on some of the largest international cases in recent times.

The services that we offer are wide-ranging covering contentious and noncontentious trusts and probate work, complex commercial litigation, international fraud and asset tracing, insolvency and financial services litigation. Areas in which members have international experience are as follows:

  • Commercial fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, freezing injunctions, search and seizure
  • Conflicts of law, jurisdictional disputes and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • Family Matrimonial, HNW Trust disputes and probate litigation
  • Financial services
  • Insolvencies, company and shareholder disputes, and JV agreements
  • International Trust litigation
  • Non-contentious advisory work, fiduciaries, investment funds
  • Partnerships
  • Professional negligence: including breach of duty by trustees
  • Real Estate litigation

Please join our experts in conversation on LinkedIn by joining the Serle Court – Middle East & Arab Law Group here.

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